Mental Health and Climate Crisis
Climate Change and Mental Health - An Invisible Link.
During the twentieth century, world average surface temperature increased by approximately 0.6ºC, and approximately two-thirds of that warming has occurred since 1975. Climatologists forecast further warming, along with changes in precipitation and climatic variability, during the coming century and beyond. Their forecasts are based on increasingly sophisticated global climate models, applied to plausible future scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions that take into account alternative trajectories for demographic, economic and technological changes and evolving patterns of governance.
Our increasing understanding of climate change is transforming how we view the boundaries and determinants of human health and livelihood. While our personal health may seem to relate mostly to prudent behaviour, heredity, occupation, local environmental exposures, and health-care access, sustained population health requires the life-supporting "services" of the biosphere. Populations of all animal species depend on supplies of food and water, freedom from excess infectious disease, and the physical safety and comfort conferred by climatic stability. The world’s climate system is fundamental to this life-support. Change in world climate would influence the functioning of many ecosystems and their member species. Likewise, there would be impacts on human health.
When you think about climate change, mental health might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Singaporeans and Malaysians are beginning to grow familiar with climate change and its health impacts: worsening asthma and allergies; heat-related stress; foodborne, waterborne, and vector-borne diseases; illness and injury related to storms; and floods and droughts. However, the connections with mental health are not often part of the discussion.
It is time to expand information and action on climate and health, including mental health. The health, economic, political, and environmental implications of climate change affect all of us. The tolls on our mental health are far reaching. They induce stress, depression, and anxiety; strain social and community relationships; and have been linked to increases in aggression, violence, and crime. Children and communities with few resources to deal with the impacts of climate change are those most impacted.
To compound the issue, the psychological responses to climate change, such as conflict avoidance, fatalism, fear, helplessness, and resignation are growing. These responses are keeping us, and our nation, from properly addressing the core causes of and solutions for our changing climate, and from building and supporting psychological resiliency.
To help increase awareness of these challenges and to address them, we are organising a focus group discussion with Daniel Mahadzir, an award-winning clinical nutritionist and epidemiologist. He is a member of Global Shapers Community, an initiative by the World Economic Forum. He is also recently pinned as a Climate Leader from the Climate Reality Project. Daniel has been working on various research project pertaining peer support, lifestyle behaviours and chronic non-communicable diseases in South East Asia region. He has published in various scientific journals and has presented in multiple international conferences. His work in nutrition field was recently being recognised as he is named as Asia Young Nutritionist at the Asian Congress of Nutrition 2019 in Bali.
Daniel Mahadzir, Clinical Nutritionist and Epidemiologist.
This session is designed as a focus group discussion where participants will interact directly with the moderator thus it can only cater up to 35 participants.
11.00 am: Registration of Participants
11.10 am: Focus Group Discussion Ground Rules and Introduction of Moderator
11.20 am: Ice-breaking Session
11.45 am: Introduction of Topic and Context of Discussion
12.00 noon: The Science of Mind and Climate by Daniel Mahadzir
12.30 noon: Discussion
1.00 pm: Networking
All proceeds from the session will be used to develop a Climate and You module for primary school kids (7-12 years old).
- Venue was changed to "WeWork Funan". Orig#485446 2019-10-19 01:55:20